JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 22, 2015) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes and his staff announced on Friday that Shemar Johnson (Columbus, Miss.) has signed his national letter of intent to play for the Buccaneers in 2015-16.
Johnson, a 6-foot-6 swingman, averaged 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.7 assists per game this past season at New Hope High School. Johnson helped guide the Trojans to a 22-8 record in 2014-15, while he poured in 27 points (19 in the second half) as New Hope rallied from an 18-point deficit to defeat Meridian, 58-56, in the 18th-annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational. The next day, Johnson netted 21 points in a 70-69 win over Columbus.
“Shemar is a multi-talented wing,” said Forbes, who has signed three recruits since being named ETSU’s head coach on March 30. “He has tremendous length, allowing him to create multiple scoring opportunities over smaller guards, and in time, his size and length will let him become a big time defender. With added strength and experience, Shemar has the opportunity to be a special player at ETSU.
“Shemar played against outstanding competition at New Hope as well during the spring and summer with the Jackson Tigers in the Nike EYBL. He was named to the Clarion Ledger “Dandy Dozen,” which recognizes the top high school players in Mississippi each year. I credit my staff for continuing to turn over rocks recruiting and uncovering a gem like Shemar.”
Johnson said he felt right at home at ETSU.
“I chose ETSU because it felt like home,” said Johnson. “I feel like I can come in and make a major and immediate impact. I really loved the coaching staff, and I feel like Coach Forbes can help me get to the next level.
Johnson’s high school coach talks about coaching Shemar over the last two years.
“Shemar is a very talented and explosive guard who can put the ball on the floor and create his own shot,” said Drew McBrayer, head men’s basketball coach at New Hope High School. “It was a pleasure coaching and watching him develop over the past two years.”
Meanwhile, Christian Simmons of PeachStateBasketball.com has seen Shemar play and said he can be an all-conference player at ETSU.
“I had the opportunity to watch Shemar multiple times this year,” said Simmons. “ He’s a 6-6 left handed, long and athletic wing player. He has the skill set to play all three backcourt positions. Personally, I will not be surprised if Shemar turns out to be an all-conference player at ETSU.”
Johnson joins Peter Jurkin (Juba, South Sudan), and junior college transfers T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) and Nigel Holley (Wilmington, N.C.) as members of the Buccaneers recruiting class.
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